About Leeds United Supporters’ Trust

About Leeds United Supporters’ Trust

Leeds United Supporters Trust has decided that the most effective way to operate with the best interest of the fans, the club and the community is to set up several working groups to carry out our aims. Below are details of the working groups, who chairs the groups and the aims of that group. For details of the trusts directors and a list of frequently asked questions and answers please scroll down and use the links at the bottom of the page.

LUST Membership Working Party
Chaired by John Cave

The LUST Membership Working Party is responsible for the trusts public relations and trying to encourage new members to join and increase fans involvement. So far the working group has gathered information for a newsletter covering all of the current objectives and projects the trust is involved in and has also set up the trusts new website. The working party has also brought up and had approved the idea of new lower membership fees to join the trust. The new membership is half the price at just £5.00 and new fees for family and junior memberships have been introduced.

The working party has also aimed to a critical friend to the club, proposing schemes that would benefit the club both in terms of relations with the fans and financially. These initiatives have included a Match Ticket Package and the implementation of a Park & Ride scheme at Elland Road. We have also taken fans travelling to away games into consideration and communicated with the club about the restrictions put into place for the Cardiff game.

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Ground Safety Working Party
Chaired by Gary Hewitt

As part of LUST’s commitment to tackle the many issues currently facing Leeds United’s supporters, a working group is currently being formed to try to find a mutually-acceptable, common sense solution to the long-running issue of “persistent standing in seated areas”. Since Elland Road was converted to all-seater in the close season of 1994 a large number of our supporters have preferred to remain standing during matches, particularly in the Revie Stand, but the situation has recently become inflamed by the disproportionate actions of the stewards and police within the stadium. Reacting to new, tougher directives from the local authorities, supporters have been ejected from the ground, the Revie Stand capacity temporarily reduced and we’ve even seen our away ticket allocations reduced by some Clubs.

An all-inclusive, reasoned debate is required so that our Club as a whole may find a practical solution to the current problem, satisfying both the safety authorities and our supporters.

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Ground Ownership Working Party
Chaired by Paul Fallon

Football has been played at Elland Road since 1898. Leeds United took over the ground in 1919, when Leeds City was wound up. In 1985 it was sold to the Council to balance the books. In 1998 it was bought back again. Following recent financial chaos, the ground and training pitch were sold in lease back agreements during the Krasner era.

Within days of taking control of the club, Ken Bates announced that he was interested in exploring ways in which the fans could own the pitch and protect the brand of Leeds United. Since then, we haven’t heard anything else about the proposals. We expect that more will emerge once our new Chairman has all of the details in place.

The idea of Leeds buying back the ground and then selling off the pitch to fans sounds similar to an initiative that Ken Bates introduced at Chelsea and the trust will be keeping unto date on developments.

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Community Involvement Working Party
Chaired by Michael McGowan

Two meetings have been held with the Social Services Department of Leeds City Council regarding disabled access at Elland Road. It should be noted that this season there will be a new lounge available for the disabled at the Kop end of the ground.

Arrangements have been made for Day Centre people to attend Peacock lunches at Elland Road where former players Peter Lorimer and John McClelland have been past speakers. Eddie Gray will be the next speaker at the Peacock lunch to be held on the 24th of August 2005.

With the increased prices this season at Elland Road LUST has made it clear that there is maximum availability for as many fans as possible particularly opportunities for those that are young people, require disability access, unemployed and the low paid.

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